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By adamg - 6/15/20 - 11:31 pm

CNN reports the Supreme Court declined to hear ten gun-control cases, one of them a challenge to the way Massachusetts bans certain semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines. The decision not to hear the case means our regulations stay in place.

Earlier:
Federal appeals court upholds Massachusetts ban on the sale of certain assault weapons.

By adamg - 5/7/20 - 4:13 pm

A federal judge today issued a preliminary injunction that bars Gov. Baker from continuing to shut gun shops because, after all, come on, Charlie, Second Amendment. And that goes for you too, Maura. Read more.

By adamg - 1/30/20 - 9:05 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's conviction for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building - more specifically in his case, for accidentally shooting a pal in the bedroom of his father's house by pulling the trigger on what he thought was an empty gun as he was putting it away. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/19 - 12:35 pm

People are using large-capacity, semi-automatic weapons to commit mass murders, not protect themselves at home, a federal appeals court said yesterday, upholding the way Massachusetts bans the sale of certain assault weapons. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/19 - 12:35 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a man's Second Amendment challenges to his conviction for illegal gun possession, ruling he failed to obtain a gun license within 60 days of moving here as required by state law, and never mind that he allegedly used the gun to threaten his Massachusetts girlfriend at least twice during the six months they shared her apartment, the last time during a drunken rage that forced her to flee her apartment and call 911. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/14/18 - 11:02 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a Texas native's conviction for illegal possession of an assault weapon and illegal possession of another gun, ruling that the Second Amendment still gives Massachusetts the right to ban assault weapons and regulate ownership of other guns. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/18 - 12:38 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a Revere man's conviction for possession of a stun gun, because the state's current complete ban on their ownership violates the Second Amendment. The ruling could spur legislation to regulate the weapons, similar to the way more traditional guns are. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/18 - 10:11 am

A federal judge has upheld the state's long-standing ban on AR-15 rifles and similar weapons - and said the state had the right to extend that to "copycat" weapons that high slight differences from and different names than the weapons specifically mentioned in the original law. Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/17 - 12:21 pm

A federal judge last week upheld Boston's and Brookline's tight restrictions on who can carry guns, saying the state law that allows them does not violate the Second Amendment. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/17 - 10:57 am

An MRI technician at Brigham and Women's hospital who says she has to drive through "difficult areas" on her nightly drive home is one of three people who say a state ban on tasers and stun guns violates their 2nd Amendment rights. Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/16 - 12:49 pm
Maura Healey: Fascist or Communist?

Is Healey a fascist or a communist? Probably both, protesters say.

Hundreds of people converged on the State House today to protest Attorney General Maura Healey's decision to ban the sale of more types of semi-automatic rifles in Massachusetts and demand she rip her order up. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/15 - 12:24 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state law that prohibits the ownership of stun guns except by police.

A woman initially stopped for shoplifting in Ashland in 2011 was charged with illegal possession of the stun gun police found in her purse. The woman sued to overturn her conviction, arguing the Second Amendment gave her the right to own the device for self defense, in her case as protection against a violent ex-boyfriend against whom she had already used the weapon.

By adamg - 9/25/14 - 10:38 am

A Boston resident who says he was denied a gun permit when he tried to use a US passport as proof of citizenship wants a federal judge to order Police Commissioner William Evans to issue him a license to carry post haste.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court along with Commonwealth Second Amendment, Phuong Ngo argues he's being deprived of his rights under both the Second and Fourteenth amendments. Ngo is seeking an immediate temporary restraining order that would let him get a license to carry before the case is tried.

By adamg - 6/4/13 - 1:17 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who outgrew his violent neighborhood to become a respectable member of society still cannot legally own a concealed weapon in Boston for self protection, even though he sometimes carries large amounts of cash.

By adamg - 4/3/13 - 12:26 pm

Gun protester

Roving UHub photographer Rhea Becker filed this photo from the Common, where gun lovers are holding a protest today that featured a little boy reciting the Second Amendment.

By adamg - 1/29/13 - 11:09 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Massachusetts residents do not have a Constitutional right to keep loaded handguns in unlocked bedside drawers.

The ruling by the state's highest court upholds a state law that requires gun owners to either store guns in locked containers or equip them with locking mechanisms when they're not under their "immediate control."

By adamg - 9/13/12 - 8:49 am

A federal appeals court has upheld the right of Massachusetts police departments to deny people the right to bear certain arms if they lie on their permit applications.

The ruling means former Boston police officer Stacey Hightower can no longer carry a concealed .38 caliber five-round revolver - or carry high-capacity weaponry.

By adamg - 10/11/11 - 11:34 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today nothing the Supreme Court has said invalidates the state's requirements for gun permits, so people can't just go out and buy guns willy-nilly.

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